Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Where should you get information on Zika and other mosquito-borne illnesses?

The University of Florida has launched a website on Zika to provide information about mosquito-prevention activities on campus and guidelines on how to prevent the disease. While no mosquito transmission has occurred in Polk County, it’s important to know the facts. The disease can be passed from one person to another through sexual contact. For more information, go to or contact UF/IFAS Extension Polk County at (863) 519-1041 or

Friday, August 19, 2016

August Gardening: Planning for your fall garden

August is a great time to start planning your fall garden. While it's still a little too warm to start cool-season vegetables, Central Florida gardeners may be able to plant a second crop of warm-season vegetables like tomato and eggplant. All Florida gardeners can start preparing for cool-season planting. Have your soil tested so you can add the proper amendments before planting, and plan out what you want to grow and where you'll plant it.  The Polk County Master Gardeners will test your pH for $3 if you bring a sample into the Plant Clinic.  

Follow the Central Florida Gardening Calendar so that you know how to plan and plant in your garden.  

As usual, contact us if you have gardening and landscaping questions.